Saturday, July 28, 2012

All Star Baseball

Today I have another scrapbook page to share with you.  T-ball wound up in June for us, and I finally got around to finishing this 8" x 8" scrapbook page of my son, Finn. 

The baseball is cut out of Whisper White card stock.  I did the stitching on the baseball with the same technique that I showed you in this post.  Lots of sponging with Soft Suede ink completed the look. 

Products used for this project:

Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy.

Ink: Soft Suede, Not Quite Navy.

Accessories and More: Big Shot, Billboard Sizzlit Decorative Strip Die (retired) , Circle Scissor Plus (retired), Petitie Pennants Builder Punch, Decorative Lable Punch,   Paper Piering Tool, Distressing Tool from the Cutter Kit (retired), Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Linen Thread, Mini Libary Clips, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponges, sewing machine,

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Astro Coach's Baseball Card

Here's Coach Jarrod's card.  Usually i would make all the coaches cards the same but this year the team mom and i thought it would be fun to create something that ties in with Jarrod's crazy obsession.  She's the one handed the Clipboard and pencil for score keeping and it's just not score keeping it's making sure she pencils in all the plays each inning..who got  Lot of FC's were flying around this year.  I'm happy to say i'm quickly learning the baseball lingo and know what that means--Fielder's Choice ;).  Since the kids started playing baseball at the ages of 4 and 5 coach Jarrod has kept stats on each player....CRAZY!..  told you he was a HUGE baseball fan...what other coach wears an authentic jersey to represent their team in the little league?   Keeping stats is fun and cute when they are young cuz really what kind of stats could they really have but as they get older it becomes stressful! lol  Ethan is sad he will be leaving the Rookies Division, moving up to the minors next year leaving behind Coach Jarrod (his uncle) to coach the Rookie Division one more year.  Ethan's cousin has one more year of the Rookies.  Although they were born in the same year the cut off for baseball is April 30 and ethan turned 8 just 2 days before the cut off so he moves up before cousin Jayden.  BUT of course coach Jarrod is close by to make sure his STATS remain in good order.. : ) For this card i really wanted to have more pages behind the clipboard with each players stats and have the kids sign their page with their name and jersey number but time didn't allow for that!  In the end it was a fun card to create and of course coach loved it! 

Here's Ethan up to bat!  What a little slugger!  He really enjoyed Baseball this year.  After the regular season was over he tried out for the 8 year old all star team.  AND made the team.  Wootwoo.. I was so proud of him!  I'll show you some photos of the All Star team and coaches cards i created next week.
I used the word window for the eraser.  For the pencil i punched out a a piece of crumb cake card using the word window punch and then stuck it back into the full heart punch to get a point.  For the top of the clipboard i used the round tab punch.  I punch out the piece and used one half of it cutting the round part off. Hope you like  : )

Products used for this project:

Stamp Sets: Sporting Goods, Classic Alphabet Numbers

Card Stock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Only Orange, More Mustard, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray

Ink: Basic Black Craft, Crumb Cake, Peach Parfait

Accessories and More: Big Shot, Stripes Embossing Folder, Stars Die, Billboard Sizzlits Decorative Die, Full Heart Punch (end of banner), 3/4" Circle Punch, Word Window, Round Tab, 3/16" Corner Punch, Distressing Tool, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Summer Wedding - Paper Flowers

I was dying to share more pics of paper flowers from the summer wedding series. The matching boutonniere and table center pieces really ended up coming together nicely.  It was a beautiful day!

All the flowers, leaves, and even the beargrass were made completely out of card stock, using various Stampin' Up! punches and dies.  You can find a detailed tutorial for purchase on how to replicate this stunning paper bouquet here

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Assistant Coaches Baseball Card - Team Astros 2012

Here's the Whalley Astros!

This photo was taken after Ethan's last Baseball game of the regular season.  The kids had so much fun as a team.  With a short season of baseball, only a month and a half, the kids really seemed to bond. ; )

I created this card twice, one for each of the assistant coaches. With most sports cards I usually pull out my retired products which this card uses a lot of retired products.  I love that i can customize any card to suit any theme or occasion and for this card i was able to match the team colours. I'm not much of a baseball fan so i don't know what all the team colours are but Coach Jarrod is a HUGE baseball fan and went out and bought himself an Astro's Jersey to wear at each game.  We'll talk more about coach Jarrod when i post the card i made for him.  So as you can see from the Jersey below I picked up on the orange and black to create this card.


Hope you like  : )

Products used for this project:

Stamp Sets: Sporting Goods, Home Run, Extreme Elements

Card Stock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Only Orange

Ink: Basic Black Craft, Crumb Cake, Peach Parfait

Accessories and More: Big Shot, Stripes Embossing Folder, Stars Die, Go Go Boots Alpha Sizzlits Dies, Billboard Sizzlits Decorative Die, Full Heart Punch (end of banner), 3/4" Circle Punch, Black Embossing Powder, Distressing Tool, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Summer Bouquet {Tutorial}

Detailed Step-by-Step Tutorial Available 

This fresh Summer Bouquet is made completely out of paper and various Stampin' Up! punches and dies.  Sweet pinks, acid greens, rich berries, and deep plums are featured in this gorgeous bouquet.  

Wouldn't this beautiful Summer Bouquet make a perfect bridal bouquet? Or a gorgeous summer centerpiece?  What a lovely hostess gift to bring to a summer dinner party.  Wouldn't you love to make it for someone special?   Now you can!   I have put together a detailed tutorial on how make each of these stunning flowers and how to replicate the bouquet.  The tutorial is in six parts.  Each tutorial gives clear step-by-step instructions with tons of gorgeous photos on how to make the the pink Roses, the Razzleberry Ranunculus, the Eggplant Anemones, and the acid green Hydrangea.  Plus there are detailed instructions on how to make the Salal Leaves and Beargrass.  As always,complete instructions on how to assemble the arrangement are also included.  The complete tutorial is 27 pages in length and has 78 photos.  The flowers are not difficult to make, but a lot of photos are required to give complete step-by-step instruction.   It also gives lots of instruction on how to create the subtle effects that really make the flowers look real and come to life.

You can purchase the complete six part tutorial for only  $6.95

UPDATE:  (added June 1, 2013):  You are purchasing a tutorial from 2012.  Some of the items used in the tutorial have been discontinued from Stampin' Up!  For the most part, these beautiful flowers can still be recreated using alternate colours and products.  

Or find the link to purchase on the top right sidebar. (Or scroll down to the bottome of this post to find out how to earn if for free!)  As always, tutorials will be e-mailed to the email address registered to your PayPal account within 24 hours as six Adobe PDF files following your purchase.  If you do not receive your email, please check your spam box.  If you still have not received your file within 24 hours, please contact me so I can correct any issues.   

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"The tutorial looks fabulous!  You've done such a wonderful job of explaining each flower and leaf, and I can hardly wait to give the paper flowers a try.  A couple of times recently I've been disappointed with for-fee tutorials, but certainly not with yours.  I know it was a lot of work for you, and it was worth every penny to me!  Thanks so much for sharing your creativity and for putting together a thorough and well-illustrated tutorial."


P.S.  Did you know that you can earn this tutorial for FREE?  Whenever one of my customers posts a creation that they have made using one of my tutorials and gives credit and a link back to my blog, I always try to send a thank you and a free tutorial :)  It's my way of saying thanks for giving credit where credit is due :).  I do try to keep tab on where referral traffic is coming from, and try to send out a free tutorial without any prompting, but it's not always possible to see every source.  If you post a picture of a creation that you have made using one of my tutorials along with credit and a link, just pop me an email, and I will send you a free tutorial of your choice (with a value of $6.95 or less).  If you've posted a pic with credit and a link, and I've missed you, just send me an email, and I will get your free thank you tutorial out ASAP! 

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Teacher's Apple Card and Cupcakes....

Oh dear, where do i begin?  WHERE HAVE I BEEN, you ask?  ; )
... or should i start with a simple Hello.. : )

I can't believe school is out.. here are my sweet darlin's on their first day of school back in September.  Alyssa was so excited to go to school with her big brother....In the next few posts i'll share some current photos.  I can't believe how much Ethan has "grown" up since then... 

June was a super busy month.  The kids kept me busy with their year end school activities along with all their other activities wrapping up; dance recital, hockey playoffs and baseball practices and games. Ethan's class had about 5 field trips in ONE month...they went to the zoo, they had a day at the beach, spent an afternoon at the water park and another afternoon at the swimming pool.  They had a gorgeous sunny day for sports day. And to keep us hopping we spent everyday of the last 3 weeks of june at the ball park.  Ethan tried out for and made the All Star team for baseball.  --proud mommy smile : ).  So the team practiced for two weeks straight and then played in a 5 day tournament.  Will share more deets and photos with the coaches cards i created in posts to come.

So that left very little time for crafting.  The crafting i did do was stamping on the fly!  I created teacher cards, baseball coaches, dance teacher thank yous and hockey treats but sadly i didn't have much time to write and share with you all at the time everything was going on. My computer time was very limited... i don't think i turned on my computer until yesterday!  I can't say i was home enough to sit down and enjoy a quiet moment. 

This is a card i created for Ethan's teacher. Since i had very limited time to craft i created something quick but of course cute.

I used the Fashionable Heart Emboslit, turning the heart into a cute little apple. I used the paper snips to shape the bottom of the heart and added a stem and leaf at the top.  I used half of the smallest heart on the Emboslit to create the leaf.

I had Ethan write a little note on what he "liked" about school this year.  I was shocked he wrote that he enjoyed math and science!  Every time i picked him up from school i asked how school was and he'd say "i hate's boring"... so phewwwwwwww glad he didn't write that.. : )

(if you click on the photo you can get a better view of what he wrote)

For Teacher's appreciation day i made these darlin apple cupcakes!  They turned out great!  The teacher's said they were to cute to eat but that didn't stop them from digging in.. : )

I stumbled across the idea and recipe here and couldn't wait to make them. 
Enjoy!-- they would make a great back to school treat for the teachers. ; )

Hope you like  : )

Products used for this project:

Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Confetti, School Lines

Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Early Espresso

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories and More: Big Shot, Stripes Embossing Folder, Fashionable Heart's Embosslit, Itty Bitty Framelits, Decorative Label Punch, Distressing Tool, Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Quick Post

It's been such a busy week!!!  I am busy working on getting my latest tutorial ready for release, and finishing my thesis for school. (Not to mention work, and kids home from school for the summer now).  Whew!   I was able to whip up a quick picture in MDS to share with you.  Now, I am no MDS wizard by any means.  There are people who are doing really AMAZING things with this program.  The great thing about it though, is that you can go all out, or you just add a couple of little embellishments to a picture like I did here.  The top picture was taken almost 5 years ago when my son Finn, was just a couple of months old.  The bottom picture was taken today :)!  This picture makes me so happy :) and so sad :( ..............where is the time going?  MDS added just the right little touch to this picture.  It was a Facebook hit :)   

Watch for my  Summer Bouquet Tutorial coming out next week.